Microsoft’s biggest announcement from this year’s E3 was, of course, leaked before doors opened, but that didn’t affect the crowd’s response to the revelation that the Xbox One S (for Slim) is real, coming soon, and much cheaper than expected.
Local pricing is yet to be confirmed, but the Xbox One S comes with a very neat US$299 pricetag. It will be out – in the US at least – in early August. The earliest edition comes with a special 2TB HDD, but after they sell out, it’s back to either 500GB or 1TB models.
The new hardware is 40% smaller, comes without an external power brick, and – importantly – is “Robot White”, instead of the classic glossy black. There are new controllers, too (also white, which will lead to some grubby fingerprints) – now with Bluetooth and increased range, and the whole package looks pretty classy.
Under the hood, there are some significant improvements, too – today’s show is full of all the HDR gaming highlights that will benefit from the new machine’s upgraded graphics capabilities, with Gears of War 4 one of the shiniest.